Small polychrome wooden sculpture of Michael the Archangel.
The original polychromy, fairly well preserved on most of the surfaces, features an elaborate decoration with delicate ornaments of the garments and a background gilding. This technique, called “estofado” in Spanish, originated in the 15th century in southern Italy, from where it spread in Europe, and especially in Spain. From Europe it was also exported to the Spanish colonies in South America.
Its extremely expressive face and clothes, which seem to be moved by the wind, make this work a precious example of Mediterranean art from the first half of the 18th century.
Preserved in good overall condition, however this statue has some polychromy defects. The right arm was glued and the thumb of the right hand is missing. Some iconic elements, such as the spear and maybe the shield, may be missing.
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Height: 35 cm.
- polychrome wooden statue of Archangel Michael - 35 cm, Sculpture
- Estimated Period
- First half 18th century
- Country of Origin
- Fair condition - heavily used & with possibly minor parts missing